imagesGerman national handball player, Uwe Gensheimer remains at his home club Rhein-Neckar Löwen. He was courted by several top clubs, but the left wing extended his contract with the Bundesliga club by two years until 30 Juni 2016. Germany’s two-time Player of the Year turned down, among other things, offers from handball giants THW Kiel and FC Barcelona.

  “The total package was important. Firstly, there is the private aspect. I feel very well have here my familiar environment. On the other hand, the sporty aspect has played a role in my decision. And how our troop has developed over the past few months, is just great, “

Gensheimer said in Kronauer Training Center, two days before his 27th Birthday. Born in Mannheim, he carries the jersey of the Lions for ten years, he won the EHF Cup, his first title as captain in May, which happened immediately after his six-month forced break due to a torn Achilles tendon.

Since 2003, the 26-year-old has helped Rhein-Neckar on the road from the second division to the EHF cup.
How our troop has developed over the past few months, is just great. And clearly, I take a different role here than in any other club. Because we have one of the best sporting quality of the players in one of the top teams in the league, but also within the band everything just fits. We have to reach people with the our strong character and the will to do something big and attack for the titles. We have built something that we want to lead us to our target in the coming years.” Lions manager Thorsten Storm is pleased that “the figure of identification and a top performer”, the “captain” Uwe Gensheimer remains on board:

“I have done a lot of discussions with Uwe. He chose his club. For a common path with a team that fought his way through different obstacles and with whom he has experienced a lot. There is always a difference, if you are the umpteenth player somewhere who wins the umpteenth title or whether you build something on their own. Uwe has opted for something of his own. “

Gensheimer personal goal on the board:

“After the Achilles tendon eleven months ago I’m still not where I was before. So I still have potential. Moreover, in my age the experience factor should now also play a role, that I can benefit in one way or another situation. “

Heiko Schultze, director of marketing at Goldgas Group:

“We are very pleased with the contract extension by Uwe Gensheimer. As the driving force and captain of the team, he is not only a large gain, but an important popular figure for the Rhine-Neckar Löwen and thus also for Goldgas. We wish Uwe Gensheimer and his team a successful season. “

uwedeuchUwe Gensheimer made his debut in the jersey of the German national team on 25 November 2005 in Lemgo against Slovenia, meanwhile, he completed 79 international matches in which he scored 293 hits. The Mannheimer was chosen by the readers of “Handball week” for handball player of 2011 and 2012. The top scorer of the EHF Champions League 2010/11 was also the best player of Bundesliga season 2010/11, and Bundesliga top scorer 2011/12. In May 2013 he won the EHF Cup with the Rhein-Neckar Löwen.